CLOISTER GALLERY. “Birds of a Feather: A Passion for Color and Shape,” a mother-daughter exhibition at the Cloister Gallery by Marblehead painter Barbara Rafferty and her daughter Maura Hession of Newport, R.I. Opens Sunday, Jan. 5, with a reception from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and closes Feb. 5. The gallery is located at St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 135 Lafayette St., Marblehead. Gallery hours are Monday to Thursday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Friday, 9 a.m. to noon; Saturday, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.; and Sunday, 8 a.m. to noon. Information, 978-741-4840 or email email@example.com.
PINK CHAIR PROJECT. “Remembrance — the Pink Chair Project” presentation, Sunday, Jan. 5, 2 p.m., Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Artist Lynne Schulte’s exhibit “Remembrance — the Pink Chair Project” celebrates the memory of her mother in a series of paintings in which a pink Adirondack chair is placed in locations that had special meaning for the artist or her mother. Public reception from 2 to 2:30 p.m., followed by Schulte’s illustrated presentation at 2:30 p.m. 781-631-1481, www.abbotlibrary.org.
GALLERY AT GROSVENOR PARK. “Winter Images,” a multi-artist exhibit from Swampscott Arts Association, at The Gallery at Grosvenor Park, 7 Loring Hills Ave., Salem, Jan. 4 to 29. Opening reception Sunday, Jan. 5, from 3 to 5 p.m. With diverse images representing artists and photographers from throughout the Northshore. “Best Fine Art” and “Best Photograph” judged by artist and teacher Robert Farris of Woodend Studio in Lynn; reception attendees will vote for “Best in Show.” Gallery hours 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. weekends. Information, 978-741-5700.
“LIFE CODE.” Daytime Book Discussion Group, Thursday, Jan. 2, 1 to 2:30 p.m., Beverly Public Library, 32 Essex St. Group will discuss “Life Code” by Phil McGraw. New members welcome. Discussion titles available at checkout desk; alternate formats may also be available. 978-921-6062, firstname.lastname@example.org.
DOWNTON ABBEY, LOCAL EDITION. “Domestic Servants in Old New England,” Friday, Jan. 3, 10:30 a.m., Hamilton-Wenham Public Library, 14 Union St., Hamilton. Jennifer Pustz, author and museum historian at Historic New England, discusses her book “Voices From the Back Stairs,” focusing on the lives of New England domestic servants in the 19th and 20th centuries. Free. www.hwlibrary.org.
TEEN LITERATURE FOR ADULTS. Teen Literature Book Club for Adults, Thursday, Jan. 9, 4 to 5 p.m. in the Marblehead Room, Abbot Public Library, 235 Pleasant St., Marblehead. To discuss Paul Rudnick’s hilarious debut novel, “Gorgeous.” New members welcome. More information at 781-631-1481, www.abbotlibrary.org.
“FIRECRACKER BYE BYE.” Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 2, 3 and 4, 7:30 p.m., Salem Theatre Company, 90 Lafayette St., Salem. Seth Lepore’s “Firecracker Bye Bye” is an exposé, twisted tribute and lamenting love letter to yarn, lasagna and sweet misunderstandings. www.salemtheatre.com, email@example.com, 866-811-4111.
“THE HOUSE I LIVE IN.” Tuesday, Jan. 7, 7 p.m., St. James Church conference room, enter from parking lot at corner of Bridge and Flint streets, Salem. Director Eugene Jarecki explores the risks that drug prohibition poses to freedom and the consequences of addicts being treated as criminals. Free. Sponsored by Salem Peace Committee. 978-740-9917.
EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND. Brown Bag Lunch, Monday, Jan. 6, noon, Ipswich Museum, 54 S. Main St. Monthly Brown Bag Lunch features museum co-director and educator Stacey Fraser-deHaan who will share images and stories from her recent trip to Edinburgh, Scotland, and past trips to Scotland. Free to Ipswich senior citizens and museum members, $5 nonmembers. Jean Moss of Olde Ipswich Tours will share information about the tour company’s August-September 2014 trip to Scotland and Ireland. ipswichmuseum.org, 978-356-2811.
ENFORCED CONFRONTATION OF THE HOLOCAUST. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 10 a.m., Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute Center, 10 Federal St., Salem. Dr. Christopher Mauriello, chairman of Salem State history department and member of the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies, discusses the discovery of mass atrocity sites and a U.S. military directive compelling German citizens to disinter and rebury victims. Open to all; donations appreciated from non-members. Complete schedule of winter intersession lectures is available at www.explorerslli.org. 978-744-0804.
NO, WE CAN’T JUST GET ALONG. Wednesday, Jan. 8, 10 a.m., Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute Center, 10 Federal St., Salem. Barbara Anderson, president of Massachusetts Citizens for Limited Taxation, newspaper columnist, and frequent talk show guest, explains why “we cannot just get along with those who are trying to remake our government and society.” Open to all, donations appreciated from non-members attending. www.explorerslli.org or 978-744-0804.
CHRISTMAS TREE BONFIRE. Sunday, Jan. 5, 6 p.m., at Dead Horse Beach, Salem Willows. Free hot chocolate and music. City crews will pick up trees in Salem curbside on Jan. 2 and 3, or you can drop off Christmas trees at the entrance to Dead Horse Beach or bring them to the bonfire on Jan. 5. All decorations and lights should be removed. In case of inclement weather, the bonfire will be held on Monday evening, Jan. 6. Check www.salem.com for rescheduling information.
PEABODY GARDEN CLUB MEETING. Thursday, Jan. 9, 7 p.m., Aviv Woodbridge, community room, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody. Peabody Garden Club members will create floral centerpieces for a local nursing home at the next meeting. Guests welcome. $5 guest fee may be applied to membership.
FAREWELL TO MAYOR SCANLON. A farewell to Mayor Bill Scanlon will be held Thursday, Jan. 2, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 191 Cabot St., Beverly. Coffee and cake will be served. The reception is open to the public.
SALEM PHILHARMONIC. The Salem Philharmonic Orchestra’s Winter Concert series is celebrating its 110th season with concerts at Salem High School auditorium, 77 Willson St., on Sundays, Jan. 5, 12 and 26, and Feb. 2. Free. Concerts begin at 3 p.m. and will feature diverse programs and guest soloists. The Jan. 12 concert also features the Salem High School Symphony Orchestra. Alan Hawryluk has conducted the orchestra for the past 49 years. On Jan. 5, the soloists are baritone Benjamin Taylor, singing Old American Songs by Aaron Copeland, and violinist Dorothy Chung, performing Symphonie Espagnole by Lalo.
CONCERT SINGERS. The Concert Singers of Greater Lynn will begin rehearsals for their May 2014 concerts on Tuesday, Jan. 7, at 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian-Universalist Church, 101 Forest Ave., Swampscott. January 7, 14 and 21 are open rehearsals, where prospective members may try out the music, meet the group, and consider joining. No audition is required. On Jan. 28 the membership list will be closed. Selections for the May 2 and 4 concerts will include works by Franz Schubert, George M. Cohan, George Gershwin, American spirituals by Aaron Copland, Moses Hogan and Robert Shaw, and a new piece by local composer Javier Marquez, “Credo.” Membership dues are $20 for the semester, and cost of the music is minimal. For further information, call director William Sano at 978-744-4787.
COYOTES AND PREDATOR TRACKING. Coyote expert and Maine guide Christine Schadler will discuss the natural history of the eastern coyote at Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 10 to 11 a.m. Schneider is with Project Coyote, a national organization that promotes peaceful coexistence with coyotes. The cost of this program is $10, $8 for Mass. Audubon members. From 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., naturalist Bob Metcalfe will discuss tracking predators, and lead visitors to Averill’s Island, a remote section of the sanctuary, to look for fresh tracks. Insulated boots and warm clothing are recommended. The tracking program is limited to 15, and costs $39, $33 for Mass. Audubon members. Registration is required for both programs at 978-887-9264 or www.massaudubon.org/ipswichriver.